Caddy, Eileen (1917– ) and Peter Caddy
(1917–1994)
Peter and Eileen Caddy, cofounders of the Findhorn Community
in Scotland, one of the major disseminating points of
the New Age Movement of the 1970s and 1980s, were both
born and raised in England. As a young man, Peter was apprenticed
to learn the hotel and catering business. When World War
II (1939–45) began, he joined the Royal Air Force. His real
spiritual quest began in India where he met a holy man, Ram
Sareek Singh. Eileen, in the meantime, had married a RAF officer
and met Peter in Iraq, where both he and her husband had
been stationed. They became friends and upon their return to
England began an affair. When the affair became known, it led
to her divorce. As the divorce process was going forth, Eileen
traveled to Glastonbury, where she had a mystical experience
in which a voice spoke to her. The voice, which she believed to
be that of God, told her that she and Peter had been brought
together to do a specific work.
In 1956, Peter and Eileen moved to Scotland and began to
live together in a common-law relationship. Peter worked as a
hotel manager and Eileen emerged as a channel and daily supplied
guidance. All was well until 1963 when Peter was fired.
They found themselves broke and they moved into a small
trailer home in a caravan park on Findhorn Bay. They were
joined by Dorothy McLean, a former employee who shared
their spiritual life.
Several years after settling at Findhorn, some of the texts of
Eileen’s guidance were gathered into a pamphlet entitled ‘‘God
Spoke to Me’’ and sent out to various groups who shared their
basic view of the cosmos. These groups were generally called
‘‘Light’’ groups in that they believed in a mission of channeling
spiritual light to the world. That mission had been derived
from the teaching of theosophist Alice A. Bailey. The pamphlet
added the Caddys to the network of Light groups and
also led people to Findhorn, where a community began to
grow.
In their early years at Findhorn, the Caddys had grown their
own food and in the process learned to communicate with what
they believed were nature spirits. This relationship led to some
spectacular agricultural success in the poor soil and limited
growing season of northern Scotland. The abundance of the
Findhorn garden became part of the legend of Findhorn.
Among the people who joined the community in the early
1970s was David Spangler. He would be among the first people
to lead the Light groups to a vision of the New Age, the idea
that not only was it the task of the groups to channel spiritual
light to the world, but that the end of the twentieth century was
a particularly good time to engage in such activity. Spangler
came to believe that a new level of spiritual energy was becoming
available, and if enough humans cooperated with it, a planetary
transformation to a new age of peace and light would
emerge. As this teaching was accepted by the other Light
groups, what became known as the New Age Movement was
born.
Findhorn prospered as the New Age Movement became an
international phenomenon. The Caddys traveled the world to
teach and lecture. Eileen’s channeled material became the
source of several books, beginning with an expanded edition
of God Spoke to Me. As she had predicted, in 1975, Peter purchased
the Cluny Hill Hotel, which he had previously managed,
to provide space for an expanded program and housing
for the growing number of visitors.
Unfortunately, by the end of the 1970s, Eileen and Peter
had drifted apart and in 1982, they were divorced. Eileen remained
at Findhorn as part of the expanded leadership and
authored several books, including her autobiography, Flight to
Freedom. Peter moved to the United States and became the
leader of a new center, The Gathering of the Ways. He remarried
and continued to travel and teach until his death on February
18, 1994.
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